- "I am the type of Star Wars fan that doesn't even have a favorite movie. I just want to live in the universe of Star Wars continually, in perpetuity, forever. So when people are like, 'What's your favorite Star Wars movie?' I'm like, 'There is no Star Wars movie; there is only Star Wars.'"
- ―Leslye Headland
Leslye Headland is a playwright, screenwriter, and director. She co-created the 2019 television series Russian Doll, for which she received two Emmy Award nominations. Headland is developing Star Wars: The Acolyte, which she will write, executive produce, and serve as showrunner.
Headland attended the premiere of the 2019 film Star Wars: Episode IX The Rise of Skywalker. When asked by a reporter if she had plans to work on a Star Wars film, Headland responded that she had been thinking of ideas for new Star Wars movies since she was a child.
On May 4, 2020, an article on StarWars.com announced that Headland is developing a Star Wars television series for Disney+. Headland will write, executive produce, and serve as the series' showrunner. On December 10, 2020, it was revealed that the show would focus on "emerging dark side powers" in the waning days of the High Republic Era.